SPHERES MOSR Rendezvous and Docking with the OS (RDOS)

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,857.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX10CE21P
Award Id:
95479
Agency Tracking Number:
094245
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
S5
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
9950 Wakeman Drive, Manassas, VA, 20110
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
604717165
Principal Investigator:
JosephParrish
Principal Investigator
(617) 500-0248
jparrish@aurora.aero
Business Contact:
ScottHart
Financial Analyst
(617) 500-0536
shart@aurora.aero
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
NASA's Mars Sample Return (MSR) mission involves many challenging operations. One of the highest-risk operations is the guidance of the Orbiting Sample (OS) into the capture mechanism on the MSR Orbiter/Earth Return Vehicle (ERV). Aurora Flight Sciences, and its research partner the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Space Systems Laboratory (SSL), propose to adapt and augment the Synchronized Position Hold Engage Reorient Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) Mars Orbiting Sample Retrieval MOSR testbed to incorporate optically-guided rendezvous and docking with the OS (RDOS). This additional functionality will extend the MOSR testbed's existing capabilities to further support MSR rendezvous and capture algorithm development. With these new capabilities, the MOSR RDOS system would extend the utility of the MOSR testbed from the "last meter" problem

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